LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/30/13 -- MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF), through its wholly owned subsidiary MyMedicalRecords, Inc. (collectively, "MMR"), today announced that MMR has received a Notice of Allowance ("NOA") from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Patent Application Serial No. 13/714,694, entitled "Method for Providing a User with a Web-based Service for Accessing and Collecting Health Records." The announcement comes one day before as many as 30 million Americans can begin registering for insurance under the Affordable Care Act and ultimately could be offered Personal Health Records ("PHRs"). The newest patent enables users to access and collect their medical records, communicate with healthcare providers, manage prescriptions, and perform other functions using a wireless device amongst other systems to privately and securely access and share their protected health information wherever and whenever they need to. The patent will include 27 claims, a portion of which are directed toward methods for providing patients with a service to access and collect health records in a private manner, and represents a significant addition to MMR's existing U.S. patent portfolio which also includes 19 other pending U.S. applications. Additionally, the MMR patent portfolio includes issued patents and pending applications in other countries of commercial interest including Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Canada, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Israel, and European nations.
The newest patent follows MMR's U.S. Patent No. 8,498,883, received two months ago on July 30th, entitled "Method for Providing a User with a Service for Accessing and Collecting Prescriptions." The '883 patent has 28 claims directed toward providing users with the ability to access and manage prescriptions online by including features for sending prescriptions to the pharmacy, accessing prescriptions from the pharmacy, sending reminders and scheduling prescription refills and identifying adverse drug interactions.
MMRGlobal CEO Robert H. Lorsch said, "Consistent with the aims of current health privacy laws, the systems and methods used by MMR in its PHR and contained in this patent can provide additional levels of privacy to protect providers from inadvertently sharing certain health records without appropriate consent. For example, various laws recognize the importance of minors being able to prevent parents from accessing their health records and spouses being able to protect sensitive records from each other. Additional password protection features contained in this application allow for the protection of health records contained within a family account."
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